A collection of families or groups of families bearing a common name, claiming common descent from a mythical ancestor, human or divine, following the same hereditary calling, and regarded as forming a homogeneous community.
Risley, H. H. The People of India, ed. by W. Crooke, London. 1915:67.
An endogamous status group which places culturally defined limits upon the individual member in terms of mobility and interaction, and on his nature as a person.
Humphery, N. D. 'American race and caste'. Psychiatry, 1941:159